Professor Rubin joined the UMBC History Department in Fall 2000. Her teaching and research focus on the American Civil War, the U.S. South, nineteenth-century America, and digital history. Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and America, which explores the way Americans have remembered Sherman’s March, was published in 2014. Her first book, A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868, won the 2006 Avery O. Craven book prize for the best book in Civil War history.The book focuses on Confederate nationalism and identity. She has also worked extensively with electronic media and is co-author of a CD-ROM, The Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War. This project won the first eLincoln Prize for the best digital project in American Civil War History and The James Harvey Robinson Prize which is awarded biennially for the teaching aid which has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes.